Scott McCreadie


Room 322,

Gregory Building,

Lilybank Gardens,

University of Glasgow,


G12 8QQ.

Research title: Conversion and Christianity in Viking Age Scotland: A Comparative Study of the Material Culture of Conversion in the Northern and Western Isles.

Research Summary

History paints the Vikings as the scourge of the Church in Early Medieval Europe, but the reality was far more complex. This interdisciplinary project will investigate Norse conversion and early Christianity in the Viking Age using a comparative approach that examines the Northern and Western Isles of Scotland, both of which saw intensive Scandinavian settlement in areas already inhabited by Christian populations. This project will focus on Viking Age and Late Norse chapel sites, and their interactions with the contemporary built environment, which created landscapes of Christianity and conversion in these areas. Early Medieval ecclesiastical material culture, as well as place-names and documentary evidence, will also be examined to re-evaluate the diverse influences on Norse Christianity. This will be contextualised using wider Norse North Atlantic case studies.

Research Interests:

Norse Christianity, Material Culture of Christianisation and Conversion, Viking Age Chapel Sites, Landscapes of Conversion, Ecclesiastical Landscapes, Native-Norse Interaction, Scandinavian Scotland, Norse North Atlantic. 



  • Evangelists of Stone: Chapels within Landscapes of Conversion in Viking Age and Late Norse Shetland (Unpublished MLitt. Dissertation). University of Glasgow, September 2019.
  • Conversion to Christianity in the Norse North Atlantic: The Timber Church at Þórarinsstađir, and Other Case Studies (Unpublished MA (Hons.) Dissertation). University of Glasgow, April 2017.


  • Busset, Anouk, Adrián Maldonado, Megan Kasten, and Scott McCreadie. 2020. The early Christian landscape of Glen Lyon: Bridge of Lyon geophysical survey, Cladh Bhranno excavation and 3D recording at Weem, 22–27 May 2019 (Unpublished Report). Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies, University of Glasgow.



  • ScARF Student Covid Bursary.


  • William and Margaret Kesson Doctoral Scholarship (College of Arts).
  • Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies Seedcorn Funding.
  • College of Arts Research Support Award (x2).
  • Erasmus Study Grant (Reykjavík, Iceland).
  • ScARF Student Bursary (x2). 


  • Sue Green Bursary.
  • College of Arts Research Support Award.

Undergraduate (2013-2017)

  • Best Undergraduate Performance in Archaeology, 2017.
  • Best Honours Portfolio in Archaeology, 2017.
  • Best Undergraduate Archaeology Dissertation, 2017.
  • University of Glasgow’s 2017 entry into the John Hurst Award for the best undergraduate dissertation in Medieval archaeology in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
  • Carnegie Undergraduate Vacation Scholarship, 2016.
  • Weston Robertson (Celtic Civilisation) Prize 2014.
  • John C Ewing (Scottish History) Prize 2013. 



Conference Presenter:

  • Háskóli Íslands Student Conference of the Medieval North (Háskóli Íslands/University of Iceland, via Zoom, 2021).
  • Scottish Student Archaeology Society Conference (University of Glasgow, 2020).
  • Society for Medieval Archaeology Student Symposium (University of Exeter, 2019).

Guest Speaker:

  • Glasgow Archaeology Society Lecture Series (November 2019).


  • Scotland’s Islands Research Framework for Archaeology (SIRFA) Symposium, Shetland (Lerwick, 2019). 


Graduate Teaching Assistant:

  • Archaeology in the Modern World (1B – ARCH 1002).
  • Digital Media & Information Studies 2B.

Additional Information


  • MLitt with Distinction, Celtic and Viking Archaeology. University of Glasgow, 2019.
  • MA (Joint Hons.) First Class, Archaeology and Scottish History. University of Glasgow, 2017‌.


  • President, Scottish Archaeological Forum.
  • Fellow, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. 
  • Team Member, The Early Christian Landscapes of Glen Lyon Project. 
  • Member, Glasgow Archaeological Society.
  • Member, Scottish Society for Northern Studies. 
  • Archaeology Intern, Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies. 


  • Fieldwork (chapel site survey) – Outer Hebrides (2020).
  • MLitt dissertation fieldwork (chapel site survey) – North Isles, Shetland (2019).
  • The Early Medieval Landscape of Glen Lyon - Perthshire (2019).
  • Archaeologist – AOC Archaeology (2018-2019).
  • National Trust for Scotland Archaeological Volunteer – St Kilda, Outer Hebrides (2018).
  • Revealing the Cochno Stone - Faifley, Glasgow (2016).
  • Iceland Expedition (University of Glasgow Exploration Society) - Seyðisfjörður, Eastern Iceland (2016).
  • Strathearn Environs and Royal Forteviot (SERF) Project - Dunning, Perth and Kinross (2015).
  • Strathearn Environs and Royal Forteviot (SERF) Project – Ogle Hill, Perth and Kinross (2015).
  • Iceland Expedition (University of Glasgow Exploration Society) - Seyðisfjörður, Eastern Iceland (2014).